The Miami Herald reported today, in an article by Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, that as lawmakers in DC continue to feud over food aid for the poor (food stamps), common ground was easily found in support tor continuation of government protection of the sugar industry from state subsidies to foreign sugar producers. Why? Because the sugar industry, although small, is a large contributor to political campaigns and therefore wields disproportionately great influence on both sides of the political divide. The Fanjul family in Palm Beach, owners of brands like Domino, is especially influential. This unsurprising development is yet another sad example of how our government has been corrupted by fast-and-loose campaign financing laws.
(To tune of, “Ain’t She Sweet,” by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen (1927))
Always offers up a treat.
For a congressman co-incidentally
For $10,000 bucks a plate.
Leaders fawn on Fanjul confidentially
Big Sugar gets, hard bought protection
A Super PAC, big-bucks connection
Buying votes with sugar-beet
Proves corruption thrives not accidentally
All other bills, get not a mention
For “Domino”, they’ve rapt attention
“Tout de suite”*
Promise sugar in a tweet.
And they’ll justify, contorting mentally
French for “at once.”
Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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